9 things you will never find at airports again
Who remembers meeting your loved ones at the gate?
You either have a love-hate relationship with air travel. For some people, going to the airport means adventure and new opportunities. For others, it means long lines and delays.
There's one thing we can all agree on, however. Air travel looks nothing like it used to. Harsher regulations, heightened security concerns and higher prices have transformed airports into something completely different. Some changes are for the better, others are hard to accept (no more free peanuts?!). Here's how things have changed since the golden age of air travel.
1. Only using stairs
Remember the days when you had to walk outside and up a flight of stairs to board your aircraft? While smaller airlines and airports still do this, enclosed walkways (Jetways) are now more common. Delta Airlines provided the first Jetways in 1961 at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport.
There was a time when smoking was acceptable in many public places, including airports. When the Surgeon General started warning the public about the dangers of cigarettes, airports began to slowly restrict where passengers could smoke. Today, only some airports allow smoking in sectioned-off rooms.
3. Meeting at the gate
Surprising someone when they landed by meeting them at the gate was one of the most romantic things you could do. It's been parodied plenty of times in movies and TV shows, but alas, it's a thing of the past. The closest you can get is the baggage claim, which is a little less romantic.
4. Hare Krishnas
It's hard to imagine anyone handing out flowers at airports for donations nowadays, but that's what the religious sect did in the 1970s. It was so common, the popular comedy Airplane! spoofed the encounter in 1980. However, tougher security measures ultimately made it harder for them to approach passengers trying to get to their flights.
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5. Long lines for payphones
You can still find payphones in today's airports, but you won't find a long line of people waiting to use them. The lines today are most likely for the charging stations.
6. Free food
What's the deal with (the lack off) airplane food? Back in the day, airlines generously handed out food to hungry travelers. Today, you're lucky to get a free pack of peanuts. While we're at it, what ever happened to free pillows and blankets? Those airplanes can get chilly!
7. Life insurance kiosks
At one point in time, life insurance kiosks dotted airports around the country in order to take advantage of nervous travelers. But when people slowly realized air travel wasn't as dangerous as they once thought, the kiosks went away.
8. Coin operated TVs
What a difference a couple decades make. If you had a couple coins, you could sit back, relax, and watch TV while passing the time. Today, TVs are mounted everywhere. Not to mention you can do just about anything on a smart phone.
9. Dressing Up
Remember when flying on a plane was an event? Your whole family would dress up in their Sunday finest just to sit on a plane for a few hours. Today, sweatpants and hoodies are what most people wear to be the most comfortable.
The last time I flew you got a soda and a very small bag of chips.
I remember when flying was fun.
I remember when airline personnel treated you as if you were a customer, and not a burden.
I think of Greyhound bus depots when I hear "coin operated TVs".
I haven't flown in over 40 years. The last time I flew I had the hardest time getting my ears to pop. The pain was unbearable.
...well something's lost, but something's gained
In living every day...
Let's see what happens.
Starting off on this story about airports. Things below that I remember.
1. Only using stairs- I do remember these long ago but what I remember most is a few of the sitting Presidents tumbling down them. Anyone remember any of them?
2. Smoking-I sure do remember smoking at the airports, airplane, bars and most anywhere one wished. I believe now they have non-smoking areas at most casinos. Other then that you really can not light up inside a public buildings.
3. Meeting at the gate. Now you have to be checked and re-checked so that only the passengers can get to the gate, sit and relax until boarding time. Some still carry weapons in carry on luggage. You would think they would no better---Nadda.
4. Hare Krishnas- Sure do remember them and the smell inside the airport. Hanging around singing or beating their gongs. Whatever their purpose was I soon forgot (like a minute later).
5. Remembering pay phones. You needed to use the them for a taxi (many outside), call your loved ones that you made it though I have not been to an airport to fly in 15+ years.
6. Free food- Do remember ordering food and or drink on long flights. A drink sure goes a long way to calm your nerves. Now days I do not think they should let any passengers aboard whom are intoxicated. It's The All About Me Era and some feel so entitled to have a ruckus or other serious problems. How many videos have we seen with unruly, fighting, cussing passengers. Too many-
7. Life insurance kiosks- These used to be all around the airport. Made you stop and think, what if? I can pay a few quarters for how much life insurance?
8. Coin operated TVs- Never seen coin operated ones on plane. usually had a screen up above or in the distances. Now you can just turn your Smart Phone on and have access to 500 different movies, shop on-line, read a book (you have 100 of those on SP), pay bills, listen to Classic Rock or even sleep to specialized music with buds or ear phones. Passes the time and you do not have to pay attention to the rest of the passengers. Are We There Already .
9. Dressing Up- Okay most did. They sure didn't wear the rear or leg jeans with holes in them, tank tops with some bars name on it or the R-Rated ones that wish to insult everyone. Some have even been thrown off for wearing quite revealing type clothing.
Next story should be the 10 best reasons why I (we) don't fly anymore---I bet some of you have great stories to tell. Now that I posted I will be able to see the other invisible posts
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